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German at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

You will study aspects of German life and culture and improve your ability to understand and communicate in German. In Year 12, the material for AS level will be drawn from topics such as: Family/Relationships, Healthy Living/Lifestyle, the Media and Popular Culture. Most grammar work is revision of tenses/structures taught for GCSE with one or two additional points (e.g. passive, indirect speech). In Year 13 the A2 material will still be firmly connected to the life and culture of a German speaking country - mainly Germany - but the topics will be: The Environment, The Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and a Cultural topic which may include literature. More advanced grammar structures will also be covered (e.g. subjunctive).

Course content

How will you learn?

Lessons will be conducted in German and you are expected to speak German as much as possible. You will read a wide variety of materials from textbooks, magazines and newspaper articles. You will listen to course materials/television, news extracts and complete writing practice.  You will sometimes work individually but will also participate in pair/group work.  The Foreign Languages Assistant will take small groups for language practice every week.  In Year 12 pupils have the opportunity to participate in an Exchange in Landau, Germany. 

Entry requirements

GCSE German grade B or above.


Examination Board: AQA

What exams and coursework are involved?

The AS examination in German forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the A2 (A level) examination.

  • AS Examination: 2 units including
    • Speaking 30%
    • Listening, Reading, Writing (inc. Grammar) 70%
  • Marks at AS count as half towards the full A level result.
    • A2 Examination (A Level): 2 units including
    • Speaking 15%
    • Listening, Reading, Writing (inc. Grammar) 35% (results from AS would be added to this = 100%) There is no coursework option.

Future opportunities

You will have the skills required to study German further or to study any other language.  German can be combined with lots of other subjects at degree level and you can also start a new language from scratch.  It would be directly relevant to a wide range of careers – translating, bilingual secretarial work, civil service, travel & tourism, journalism, teaching and international business and law, and accountancy.  The need for a skill combined with the ability to speak a language is increasingly in demand in many types of employment.  Britain is desperately short of well qualified graduates with language skills.  Employment opportunities for those who study languages, even when combined with something else, are very good.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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